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The Nanyue King of Western Han dynasty was a foodie?

BY :Sophia

UPDATED :February 15, 2019

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In the mausoleum of Zhao Mo, the Nayue King in Western Han dynasty, over 130 cooking utensils and large amount of food materials can be found stacked in the little storeroom at the rear.

南越文王是个吃货 The Nanyue King of Western Han dynasty was a foodie?

These cooking utensils, including Ding (ancient bronze tripod), ancient-style steamer and grill, showcase people’s diverse way of cooking over two thousand years ago.

01 南越文王也爱喝汤?

南越文王是个吃货 The Nanyue King of Western Han dynasty was a foodie?

越式鼎 The ‘Ding’ (bronze tripod) unearthed from the tomb

This utensil might have been used for making soup or cooking congee, as it could prevent the soup from spilling out. It can be put directly on the fire but not dinner table.

南越文王是个吃货 The Nanyue King of Western Han dynasty was a foodie?

铜鍪

But these ones, on the contrary, can be put on the dinner table as they have two ring-like handles and a flat bottom.

02 蒸煮煎烤,一样不能少

古代版的蒸锅——釜甑

南越文王是个吃货 The Nanyue King of Western Han dynasty was a foodie?

This ‘steamer’ is composed of two parts. When the water was boiled in the lower part, the steam would go through the holes of the lid to the upper part and steam the food there.

烧烤几件套

南越文王是个吃货 The Nanyue King of Western Han dynasty was a foodie?

铜烤炉

The grills found in the king's tomb, either square or rectangle, were designed with four corners tiling upward so that they can prevent the food from slipping down. Their bottoms curve inward so as to make space for charcoal. Iron rod and forks were also found alongside the grills.

煎炉

南越文王是个吃货 The Nanyue King of Western Han dynasty was a foodie?

This special pan has two layers. The lower layer could carry charcoal and the upper one carry food.

Besides cooking utensils, the remains of food materials ranging from seafood, turtles, rice birds, chicken, lamb, pork to vegetable and fruits, can be found in the tomb, indicating the wide range of food the king liked.

南越文王是个吃货 The Nanyue King of Western Han dynasty was a foodie?

南越文王是个吃货 The Nanyue King of Western Han dynasty was a foodie?

南越文王是个吃货 The Nanyue King of Western Han dynasty was a foodie?

 

南越文王是个吃货 The Nanyue King of Western Han dynasty was a foodie?

 

The various cooking utensils and food materials found in the tomb shows that people over two thousand years ago had already mastered great cooking skills and ate a dazzling variety of food. It also implies that the king himself could be a foodie who wanted to continue enjoying all kinds of delicacies in his afterlife.

With the Nanyue King as the predecessor, no wonder people of Guangdong have the reputation of eating extensively and Guangzhou has the name of paradise for foodies.



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